Urban League of Broward County to Celebrate Grand Opening of Community Empowerment Center on April 27

April 9, 2012

Media Contact: Alica Brown
Title: Communication & Events Manager
Telephone: (954) 625-2544
Email: abrown@ulbcfl.org

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  (APRIL 9, 2012) – After more than a decade of planning, the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) has realized its vision to open the  new 28,000 sq ft., state-of-the-art Community Empowerment Center. In celebration of this major milestone, the ULBC will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8 a.m. at the new Community Empowerment Center, located at 560 NW 27th Avenue in the newly redeveloped midtown Fort Lauderdale.
“The Urban League’s twelve-year journey to this historic moment is electrifying,” said Urban League President and CEO Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support from individuals, corporations and partners who believed our mission, supported our vision and allowed us to build the Community Empowerment Center.” 
The Urban League broke ground on its new headquarters in November 2010. The facility occupies 2.5 acres of land on the southeast corner of Sistrunk Blvd. and N.W. 27th Avenue. The Community Empowerment Center, which co-anchors the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) and Samuel Delevoe Park, was designed to emphasize a “campus-like” atmosphere between the three entities, while providing an iconic landmark for community services and activities. 
The National Urban League’s promise to empower communities and change lives has been the central driving force behind the local affiliate’s focus on education, jobs, housing and health in Broward County. As its name suggests, the Urban League’s Community Empowerment Center will offer individuals and families the tools and resources necessary for social and economic stability.
Expanded Program Services 
The construction of the Urban League’s Community Empowerment Center will allow for the expansion of program services related to college readiness by utilizing online educational programming for science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M). The new Community Empowerment Center will allow the Urban League to increase capacity for asset building and budgeting workshops, job training in skills that lead to credentialed marketable careers, affordable housing workshops that result in home ownership and health and wellness programs. The ultimate goal of the Urban League is to empower the trajectory and economic sustainability of families living in Broward County.   
Features & Amenities 
The Community Empowerment Center was designed to create opportunities for individuals and families with state-of-the-art digital classrooms for training sessions using video conferencing technology.  The new building also features extensive meeting space for workshops and community forums, a community resource center to support local civic organizations and small businesses and a 4,000 sq. ft. multipurpose center, which can be used for corporate partners to facilitate job and housing fairs and more. Each space in the Community Empowerment Center was designed to create a new spirit of empowerment for the disenfranchised and will be an anchor for social and economic growth in Broward County. 
Many businesses have supported the Urban League through contributions to the Community Empowerment Center’s capital campaign. JM Family Enterprises, Inc. has donated approximately $1 million and AutoNation has donated $500,000, making them the largest contributors to date. Other supporters that have played a significant role in developing this project include local government, business leaders and civic organizations. The Community Empowerment Center’s project partners include: Broward County, TD Bank, D. Stephenson Construction, S & F Engineers and Design2Form. 
For more information about the Community Empowerment Center, contact the Urban League of Broward County at (954) 584-0777 or visit us online at www.ulbroward.org/cec 
The Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit, community based organization founded in 1975.  We empower communities and change lives in the areas of education, jobs, housing and health.  Our mission is to assist African Americans and other disenfranchised groups in the achievement of social and economic equality.  Programs/services include affordable housing development and redevelopment, youth development, diversion, employment and training, education and community empowerment and civic engagement.
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